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Go on a Trip to Oswego County Via Mini Bus Rental in New York
Oswego County in New York State is on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario. Aside from being a lovely place to raise a family and do some business, it is a great travel destination, too. You can even go there with your workmates, your entire family, or your entire book club. Just get a mini bus rental in New York and discover Oswego County together.
So what should you do in Oswego County and where should you go? Custom Coach and Limo has compiled a list of suggestions to help you plan out your trip.
Go Canoeing, Kayaking or Rafting
Oswego County has an abundance of water – from ponds, small lakes, streams, rivers to other forms of navigable waterways – and it would be such a waste to be there and not do any water-related activity. So we highly recommend that you go canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.
You can go Salmon River Whitewater Rafting. For guided whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon River, you can contact Adventure Calls Outfitters, Inc. at (888) 270-2410 or through its Web site at http://www.adventure-calls.com/. You can also try Whitewater Challengers at Riverview Drive in Pulaski. You can call (800) 443-7238 or check http://www.whitewaterchallengers.com/salmon/salmon-whitewater.asp for arrangements.
If you would like to go kayaking and canoeing, you can do it on the Oswego River, on Lake Neatahwanta, on Little Salmon River, on Oneida Lake, on Oneida River and NYC Barge Canal, on Salmon River Reservoir, on Lower Salmon River Reservoir, on Salmon River, on Lake Ontario, or on the North Sandy Pond.
You can rent kayaks and canoes from River Run Kayaks (315-593-9895), Big Bear Country Store and Restaurant (315-599-7360), Castaway’s Riverside (315-668-3434), Cornell’s Pedal & Paddle (315-783-9401), or Salmon River Outfitters “Float Fishing Headquarters & Guide Central” (315-298-5442).
Just make sure to get a mini bus rental in New York if you plan on going canoeing, kayaking or rafting with the whole gang. This way you will be able to go to any of these locations without any hassles.
Have you been to Oswego County New York? It is definitely a place that is worth a visit. It has friendly and charming towns and villages as well as tons of spots and venues to check out. With a mini bus rental in New York, touring and discovering Oswego would be a piece of cake.
A mini bus rental in New York can comfortably seat up to 40 people. So it is just perfect for company outings or out-of-town vacations with the entire family.
Now what should you do and where should you go in Oswego County?
Go on a Museum/Historical Sites Tour
Bridge House Museum. This museum contains a collection of artifacts that show the history of the NYS Barge Canal and the village of Phoenix. The museum is along the canal, found at the corner of State and Lock Streets in Henley Park, Phoenix. Call (315) 695-2484 or visit http://www.bridgehousebrats.com/ to inquire about group tours.
Central Square Railroad Museum. The Central Square Museum used to be jointly operated as a depot for the New York, Ontario & Western and New York Central railroads. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits that represent what the rail age was about, especially to the community. See this museum at 132 Railroad Ave. in Central Square. For more information, dial (315) 668-6727 or log on to http://www.cnynrhs.org/CentralSq.html.
Fort Brewerton/Block House Museum. This museum, located on Route 11 in Brewerton, gives you a glimpse into 10,000 years of history from the Paleo-Indian War to World War I. Adjacent to the museum building, you can see the original earthworks from the 1759 British fortification. The Stevens Blockhouse is a replica of the original home that was built by Oliver Stevens in 1794. Steven was the first permanent white settler in Oswego County. To know more about the museum and its schedule, call (315) 668-8801.
Casey's Cottage. Casey’s Cottage is nestled in the trees at Mexico Point State Park. This cottage is actually an 11th century manor house after it was transformed from being a carriage house. So if you want to get a taste of medieval, from the wall carvings, to the fireplace, to ceilings carved with Gaelic and old English quotes, this is the place for you. Visit its Web site at http://www.howardsplace.net/manorhouse.html for more information.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Head over to Fort Ontario State Historic Site on 1 E. 4th St. in Oswego and see how military life was in 1868. This site overlooks eastern Lake Ontario in Oswego and is located on a lovely bluff overlooking the lake. You will be able to see the barracks of the enlisted men, the quarters of the officers, and the powder magazine, among many others.
H. Lee White Marine Museum. This museum at 1 West First Street Pier in Oswego can be found in the county’s Historic Maritime District. You can see various artifacts, paintings, models and other items related to the area’s maritime heritage. Call (315) 342-0480 or visit its Web site at http://www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com for more information.
Halfshire Historical Society. The historical society keeps an extensive collection of agricultural tools, documents, and other items that reflect the heritage of the northern Oswego County. Visit it at 1100 County Route 48 in Richland. Call (315) 298-3620 or visit its Web site at http://www.halfshire.com for inquiries.
La Guerre D'Independence. This one is a historic woodblock mural that depicts America’s War of Independence and is on permanent display in Mexico Academy and Central School on state Route 104, 3338 Main St. in Mexico, NY. This mural was made in France and it is one of only two, the other being on display in the White House. Call (315) 963-8400 for information.
Oswego Railroad Museum. This museum on 56 W. 1st Street, in Oswego is dedicated to the historic preservation of Oswego County’s railroad history. For inquiries, call (315) 343-2347 or log on to http://www.oswegorailroadmuseum.org.
What are you waiting for? Soak up some glorious history by going on a museum and historical sites tour in Oswego County. Book a mini bus rental in New York ahead of time!
Discover the Great Outdoors
Oswego County has a very beautiful and unique geography and it is just the perfect place to go for outdoor activities. There are so many parks, nature centers, state forests and wildlife management areas that offer you lots of things to do, even for big groups! Just make sure you have a mini bus rental in New York to take care of your transportation needs for the excursion.
Amboy 4H Environmental Education Center. Located on 748 NYS Route 183, in Amboy, this 150-acre environmental education center offers a 3-mile trails and lots of beautiful natural scenery. Call (315) 963-7286 for inquiries.
Battle Island State Park. Head over to Battle Island State Park on 2150 NYS Route 48, in Fulton and have a wonderful time outdoors. It boasts of an 18-hole golf course, too. For more information, call (315) 593-3408.
Breitbeck Park. This Oswego City park has paved walkways, a pavilion, a picnic area, a playground, basketball courts and plenty of benches for a quiet time. Visit the park at Lake Street in Oswego. Call (315) 342-8180 if you want to know more.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory. Looking for a premier birding location? Head over to this bird observatory on Sage Creek Road, in Mexico. For inquiries, call (315) 963-8291 or visit http://www.derbyhill.org.
Fallbrook Recreation Center. Serious about hiking and nature watching? Then this recreation center on Thompson Road in Oswego is just perfect, with 20 miles of trails. Call their number at (315) 341-2106.
Frenchman Island State Park. Savor some time with nature at this park in Oneida Lake, Constantia.
Great Bear Springs Recreational Area. Great Bear Springs is a 236-acre property with trails for the hiking enthusiasts. It is located on County Route 57, in Fulton. Call (315) 592-2474 or visit its Web site at http://web.mac.com/oswegocountygreen.
Hastings Town Park. This town park on Wilson Road, in Hastings boasts 100 acres of natural beauty and a 3-miles trail. Call (315) 668-2456 or (315) 668-6191.
Independence Park Trail. Check this park trail at County Route 1 in Scriba. Call (315) 349-3451.
Mexico Point State Park. Head over to this park at Mexico Point Drive in Mexico and enjoy the trail, the beach while having a picnic! Call (315) 963-8216 or (315) 963-7657 for inquiries.
Minetto Riverview Memorial Park. This park has a picnic area on the Oswego River and allows you to go canoeing and kayaking, too. It is located on NYS Rte. 48, in Minetto. Call (315) 343-2393 or log on to http://www.townofminetto.net for more info.
Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe. This 540-acre wildlife park with three miles worth of trails is located on State Route 104, in Williamstown. Call (315) 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200 for info.
Oswego County Recreational Trail. If you are crazy about trails, then this park has 26 miles of them! Head over to NYS Route 49, in Cleveland. For inquiries, contact (315) 349-8322.
Salmon River Falls Unique Area. This one has trails, waterfalls and ice climbing. You can find it on Falls Road, in Orwell. Do call (315) 298-7467 if you need to know more.
Salmon River Fish Hatchery. This fish hatchery at 2133 County Route 22, in Altmar has an educational center, too. Call (315) 298-5051 or visit http://www.dec.ny.gov to find out more about the place.
Sandy Island Beach State Park. This park on 3387 County Route 15 in Sandy Creek is 11 acres and has dunes, trails, a beach and an awesome wildlife. Call (315) 387-2657 or check out http://www.nysparks.com.
Scriba Town Park. On O’Connor Road, in Scriba, there is a park with a pool, a picnic area and a playground for the little kids. Do call (315) 343-8107 or (315) 343-1853 to make arrangements for your group.
Selkirk Shores State Park. This 980-acre state park has 6 miles trails, a beach, and areas for camping and fishing. This one can be found on 7101 NYS Route 3 in Pulaski. Just call (315) 298-5737 or visit its Web site at http://Website: www.nysparks.com
You may also want to check out Sunset Bay Park on East Lake Road; Taft Bay Park; Altmar State Forest; Battle Hill State Forest; Chateaugay State Forest; Hall Island State Forest, Orwell: Around the Salmon River Reservoir; Kasoag State Forest; Klondike State Forest, Amboy; O’Hara State Forest; Orton Hollow State Forest; Salmon River State Forest; Sandy Creek State Forest; Stone Hill State Forest; Trout Brook State Forest; West Osceola State Forest; and Winona State Forest Recreation Area
Appreciate the Arts
Immerse in Oswego’s culture and arts by visiting art galleries, catching performances and going to the theatre.
Here are a few of Oswego County’s art galleries:
Art Association of Oswego. This gallery is located at the Fort Ontario Complex, Bldg. 30, in the North end of E. 4th St., in Oswego. Call (315) 343-5675 or log on to http://www.oswegoarts.org for more information about its exhibits and its art courses.
Art of Wilderness. This gallery showcases the wildlife art and environmental interpretive exhibit of artist Robert McNamara. This one is at 46 Reservoir Drive in Cleveland. For more details, call (315) 675-3522 or text http://www.artofwilderness.com.
ARTs in the HeART Gallery. Located at 47 S. First St., in Fulton, this gallery features art exhibits and art sales. Call (315) 592-3373 or visit its Web site at http://www.cnyartscenter.com/cny-arts-center-gallery.
Lakeside Artisans. The Lakeside Artisans retail store and gallery showcases the professional fine art and craft products of several local area artists. Lakeside Artisans is located at 193 West 1st Street in Oswego. To learn more about this gallery, call (315) 342-8880 or visit http://www.oswegolakesideartisans.com.
Oswego Public Library Art Gallery. This art gallery is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library on 120 E. Second St. in Oswego. It features collections that change monthly. Call (315) 341-5867 or log on to its Web site at http://www.oswegopubliclibrary.org.
Salmon River Fine Arts Center. This art gallery showcases works of local artists in its spacious galleries, as well as provides studio space for its member artists, holds classes and competitions, and hosts various events. It is located on 4848 North Jefferson Street, in Pulaski. For more information, call (315) 298-7007 or check out http://www.salmonriverfineartscenter.com.
Make sure to book a mini bus rental in New York if you are visiting these galleries as a group.
CNY Arts Center. This one is located at 357 State St. in Fulton. Call (315) 592-3373 or check out http://www.cnyartscenter.com to know what shows or performances are on during your visit.
Fulton Community Theater. Fulton Community Theater is on 309 Buffalo Street, in Fulton. For more information, call (315) 598-4352 or log on to http://www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.
Oswego Players Inc. Head over to the Frances Marion Brown Theatre at Fort Ontario Complex, on the North End of E. 4th Street, in Oswego and see the Oswego Players perform. They are a non-profit all-volunteer organization committed to providing the community with theatrical productions and to cultivating local talent. Call (315) 343-5138 or check out http://www.oswegoplayers.org for more info.
Waterman Theater at SUNY Oswego. This theatre is at the State University in New York Oswego. Call (315) 312-2141 or visit its Web site at http://www.oswego.edu for further information.
Oswego Opera Theatre. If you love the opera, this is the place to go. Log on to http://www.oswegoopera.com/ for more information.
Oswego County is beautiful and we would understand it if you cannot get enough of its great outdoors and its magnificent scenery. So how about you hop on a mini bus rental in New York with your group and explore some more?
Go Fishing and Hunting
The waters of Oswego are teeming with trophy trout, walleyes, and salmon, so those who are into fishing should make time for it. You can go fly-fishing and ice fishing.
Now where do you fish? You can try:
- Eastern Lake Ontario
- Oswego River
- Salmon River
- Oneida Lake
- Oneida River
- Sandy Pond
- Lake Neahtahwanta.
As for hunting, Oswego has a bountiful wildlife population with waterfowl, whitetail deer, turkey, grouse, snowshoe hare and other upland game. You can hunt at any of these state forests:
- Altmar State Forest
- Chateaugay State Forest
- Battle Hill State Forest
- Kasoag State Forest
- Hall Island State Forest
- Klondike State Forest
- Winona State Forest Recreation Area
- O’Hara State Forest
- Salmon River State Forest
- West Osceola State Forest
- Orton Hollow State Forest
These wildlife management areas are also open for hunting:
- Curtiss-Gale Wildlife Management Area
- Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area
- Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area
- Littlejohn State Wildlife Management Area
- Three Mile Bay/Big Bay State Wildlife Management Area
You can get your mini bus rental in New York to take you to camping sites if you want to experience camping Oswego style. You can check out any of these campgrounds:
- Bear's Sleepy Hollow Campground
- Cannon's Fishing Lodge
- Carterville Acres Family Campground
- Caughdenoy Marina & Campground
- Colonial Court Campground
- Costello's Corner Cabins
- Dowie Dale Campground-Marina
- Fox Hollow Lodge & Little Tackle Shop
- East Coast Resorts of America - Bass
Are you going to Oswego County and are kids tagging along? Then you have to make time and take them to places where they would enjoy and have fun. As long as you have a mini bus rental in New York, you can go to as many venues as time would allow.
AAA Paintball Park. Take the whole group to some paintball game. Head over to AAA Paintball Park at 303 County Route 23, in Constantia. Call (315) 623-9067 or log on to http://www.aaapaintballpark.com for more information.
KidzClub Indoor Party and Play Place. This one is located at 219 County Route 57, in Phoenix. For reservations or inquiries, call (315) 695-2211 or visit http://www.kidzclubfun.com.
Lakeview Mini Golf. Take the kids to play golf at Lakeview Mini Golf, on 723 West Broadway, in Fulton. Call (315) 593-8070 for details about the place.
The Wall. Start the kids young when it comes to wall climbing. Head over to The Wall on 77 W. 1st Street, in Oswego. For more information, call (315) 343-9255 or log on to its Web site at http://www.topthewall.com.
Thunder Island Water & Family Fun Park. Bond with the entire family and have tons of fun here. It is located at 21 Wilcox Road, in Fulton. Call (315) 598-8016 or check out http://www.thunder-island.com.
Tri-R-Karts Super Golf & Go Carts. Play miniature golf and do super go-karts here. Track or course rentals are available. This one is located at 7352 NYS Rte. 3, in Pulaski. Call (315) 298-7223 for reservations and inquiries.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Mini-Golf & Water Wars. Located at 601 County Route 16, in Mexico, this place offers mini-golf and new water wars game. You can also shoot water balloons at each other using water balloon launchers! For more information, call (315) 963-7096 or log on to http://www.jellystonecny.com.
Now what’s a nice way to cap your trip?
It is always nice to indulge in some retail therapy and perhaps buy a few things to remind you of the wonderful time you have had in Oswego County. There are several shopping centers, specialty shops, and flea markets in the area that you may want to check out.
Angus Hill Antique & Flea Market. Located at 5727 State Route 11, in Sandy Creek. Call (315) 387-2355.
At The Farm Antiques and Flea Market. This indoor antique shop and outdoor flea market is located at 9655 Brewerton Rd., in Brewerton. Call (315) 668-8800 for information.
Hillside Markets Flea Market. This flea market features over 150 vendors selling antiques, jewelry, collectibles, crafts, woodcrafts, tools and other items. Located at 7753 State Route 3, in Pulaski. Call (315) 298-4085 or log on to http://www.hillsidefleamarkets.com.
Country Cabin Country Store. This store offers folk art and collectibles. It’s at 456 Myers Road, in Oswego. For more information, call (315) 342-0316 or visit its Web site at http://www.countrycabinoswego.com.
Feel Like A Woman Boutique. Everything a woman needs – clothing and accessories – is here. Located at 49 East Bridge Street, in Oswego. Check out http://www.feellikeawoman.biz.
Heagerty's Hot Spot. Get some novelty gift items here. It’s at 202 West First Street, in Oswego. Call (315) 342-6159 to learn more about the store.
Man In The Moon Candies. Visit the store at 203 W. First St., in Oswego. To know more, call (315) 343-2636 or log on to http://www.maninthemooncandies.com.
Midnight Sun. Located at 215 West First Street, in Oswego. Call (315) 343-6612.
Mother Earth Baby. This store specializes in natural baby products. It is located at 70 West Bridge St., in Oswego. Call (315) 216-4622 or visit its Web site at http://www.mebabyshop.com.
Unique Baskets & Gifts. Located at 3276 Main Street, in Mexico NY, this store offers home decor, gift items, and certain edibles.
Do not forget to book a mini bus rental in New York for your trip to Oswego County.